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Extended block starts summer with a Green party

UPDATED, June 24: The third annual Arlington Alive Summer Arts Block Party expanded beyond Broadway Plaza, to the Jefferson Cutter House Green, as many participants flowed toward the shade at the Center. An estimated 600 people took part in a variety of events from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 20.

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Pleasant sun, guarded by occasional clouds and unexpected breezes, beamed over the afternoon -- far different from mid-July roasting of the previous two years.

Organizers aimed to widen the area involved, give the public more options, set the date closer to summer's start, when it might be cooler, and draw people who might have been on vacation that last two years.

Fifteen Arlington businesses, including YourArlington, supported the day.

At the website's table, three people won gift certificates to Arlington restaurants in a free drawing. Of the 27 who entered, winners are:

-- Lena Phillips of Medford, $50 to Tryst;

-- Carol Springs of Arlington, $25 to Ristorante Olivio's; and

-- Beryl Simon of Arlington, $25 to Szechuan's Dumpling.

People came by with all kinds of questions or just wanted to talk. Some offered ideas for improving the website, and the publisher will be pursuing them this summer.

One fellow had an excellent question, but the answer became dust in the wind, as a sudden gust blew over a table display. As the publisher and his wife rushed to repair, using tape supplied by Mike Buglio of the Book Rack, whose table stood nearby, the man and his son disappeared past the performers at the main stage toward savory Latin aromas from Tango and Acitron.


He wanted to know about technology and the public schools. If he is reading this, he should head over to the Arlington Education Foundation website. There, he will learn about a June 30 deadline to raise $130,000 to support technology in the public schools.

View from the Plaza

Joining us for a time at our table was Allison Goldsberry, who publishes InsideMedford, a partner site, and had some good ideas about shared advertising.

Our booth was well positioned to survey the scene -- to our left were tables for Cambridge Savings Bank, the Book Rack and Walking in Arlington. Nearby, on the brick in front of Common Ground and CVS, tables for ATED (Arlington Committee on Tourism and Economic Development) and the Arlington International Film Festival

In front of us was a clear view Artful Heart and next to it a boarded-up window at Ripples, the longtime hair dresser now closed (some say a pizza place is coming in).

Leland Stein, co-owner of the Regent Theatre, shuttled between his table and handling the main-stage mic, where he introduced the acts with signature enthusiasm.

On that "stage," pavement with a half-circle of amps and speakers, sang, among others, the Roy Sludge Trio. Its Texas sound got some cowboys and girls up and dancing.
Later, John Powhida International Airport tested our eardrums with a version of Dylan’s “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” and John's own ditty about recycling in Arlington Heights, where he lives.

As the afternoon wound down, some tables at the Plaza bailed out early as traffic thinned, but the scene continued to hop at the Green. There, right up until 5 p.m., a long table with sit-down projects drew in youngsters, as did Mexican street food from La Victoria Taqueria and the lower-decibel acoustic performers.

Tom Davidson, a member of ATED and prime mover behind organizing the day, wrote June 24: "We are evaluating how the event went this year so we can make it even better. We did hear a lot of very good feedback from a number of visitors and vendors, and there was a lot of good pedestrian traffic along Mass. Ave., which had a festive feel."

An estimated 1,200 people attended last year's party.


Here's the June 20 program

FAMILY ARTS AREA

Jefferson Cutter House Green (in front of the Dallin Art Museum)

-- Art projects and crafts suitable for all ages. Sponsored by Play Time Inc. 

-- Try on a costume and take a photo! Sponsored by The Costume Company 

-- Face painting and glitter tattoos

ENTERTAINMENT

Main Stage, Broadway Plaza

Noon: Mike Duke & The Soul Twisters 

1 p.m.: Intimations Dance 

1:20 p.m.: Ben Rudnick & Friends 

2:20 p.m.: Alive Dance Collective
2:40 p.m.: Roy Sludge Trio 

3:40 p.m.: Zhen Ren Chuan demonstration

3:50 p.m. John Powhida International Airport 

Acoustic Stage

Jefferson Cutter House Green (in front of the Dallin Art Museum)

Noon: Boston Skyline Chorus 

12:30 p.m.: Margot Fox 

1 p.m.: Ilana Katz Katz 

2 p.m.: Aunt Mimi 

2:50 p.m.: Mass BJJArlington (martial arts) demonstration 

3 p.m.: The Willstockings

3:30 p.m.: Hashtag Hoedown

4:30 p.m.: Yani Batteau

The Arlington businesses or groups whose logos were displayed in the program were:

Watertown Savings Bank

Leader Bank

Cambridge Savings Bank

YourArlington.com

Arlington Chamber of Commerce

Whole Foods Arlington

Regent Theatre

Andrina's Pizzeria

Victoria La Taqueria

Common Ground

Arlington Center for the Arts

Menotomy Grill & Tavern

Punjab

Acitron

Tango

ARTIST & BUSINESS BOOTHS

Both at Jefferson Cutter House Green (in front of Dallin Museum) and Broadway Plaza

Arlington Body and Brain Center

Arlington Community Media, inc.

Arlington International Film Festival

Arlington Tourism and Economic Development

Cambridge Savings Bank

Clay Artists: Sue Wing, Holly Herring, and Amy Goldstein

Dave Photography

Elaine Crowder Photography

Good Luck Designs

Jane Chakravarthy: Fine Art & Mixed Media

Lisa Knebel Pottery

Lina Haddad Ceramics

Mass BJJArlington.

Next Step Living

Peter Grams, Wheel Thrown Stoneware

Regent Theatre

Tanya Rose of Shadow and Soul Photography

The Book Rack

Tibet Arts

Upland Road eco-friendly and fair trade

Walking in Arlington

YourArlington.com

Zhen Ren Chuan

FOOD VENDORS

Broadway Plaza

Acitron Mexican Cuisine

Menotomy Grill and Tavern

Punjab Restaurant

Tango Restaurant

Jefferson Cutter House Green (in front of the Dallin Museum)

Andrina's Pizzeria

La Victoria Mexican Street Food

Whole Foods Arlington (near the bikeway, visitors' center)

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Arlington Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency


July 2014: Arlington rocks around the block on midsummer Saturday


This extended announcement was published Wednesday, May 13, 2015, and updated June 24, to provide a summary of the event. 

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